Small Workbench w/ Deadman, Sketchup model included

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Project by vrice posted 159 days ago 2048 views 22 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had this one on my to-do list for a while. Finally got around to building it. WOW! I don’t know how I managed without this thing.
I don’t really have the space for a big honkin’ Roubo or such. To date my main workbench is the one shown in my workshop pics. Effective but lacking seriously in some areas. So I noticed this design in ShopNotes, vol. 21, issue 124. This looked perfect. It is smallish, but very functional. It exploits a design I have noticed over and over again, a matrix of dog holes over the entire top (covered in plastic laminate). This also includes the slots shown above. All in all a VERY effective and functional design.
I chose to add one design feature not in the ShopNotes design. I added a deadman type contraption on one end. My Sketchup model actually shows one on each end. After putting the first one on I decided this was optimal and did not create the second one. Your choice. This addition is really useful. You can see a couple of choices for clamping the piece in place.
There are a number of useful assembly accessories shown in the article I plan on making. The first will be the veneer press accessory since I am about to embark on a cigar box using veneers. I also plan on making a couple of deep reach C-clamps for another option on the deadman.
Legs are from 12/4 Ash. All the rest is 3/4” Baltic Birch. Plus the laminate.
(Just noticed my shoes in one of the pics. Oh well…............)

-- Vic Rice

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#1 posted 159 days ago

Dang thats a great bench. Thanks for sharing!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#2 posted 159 days ago

I’m working on my big workench build right now, but this is a cool design. What kind of hold fasts are you using?

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#3 posted 159 days ago

Really nice bench – you’re right – design trumps size

-- Greg Simon

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#4 posted 159 days ago

Richard, caught these on sale at Woodcraft @$10/ea. Just need to figure out how to glue some leather squares to the feet….....

-- Vic Rice

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#5 posted 159 days ago

That looks really nice. You will get a lot of good use out of it.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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